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This week we learned how to make several kinds of empanadas!  Keep reading to see more pictures of how they turned out and the recipe we used.



El pan de banana (denominado también pan de plátano o pan de guineo) es un tipo de pan elaborado con la masa amarilla de plátanos (Musa × paradisiaca) y levado por regla general con levadura química (en lugar de levaduras naturales de panificación). No obstante hay recetas que se elaboran con levaduras, tal y como se hacen con los panes tradicionales.  El pan de banana es considerado un “pan rápido” (quick bread), su elaboración ha de ser tal que su masa debe quedar húmeda para ser considerado de calidad. (De Wikipedia, la enciclopedia libre)

¡buen provecho!


To accompany our series of tempting recipes from the Spanish-speaking world, here are the key words you’ll find in Spanish recipe books.

agregar / añadir = to add
batir = to beat
bañar = to coat
calentar = to heat
cocinar = to cook
colocar = to place
dorar = to brown
echar = to remove
enfriar = to cool
espolvorear = to sprinkle or sift
estirar = to roll
mezclar = to mix
picar = to chop up
remover = to stir
revolver = to stir
servir = to serve
untar = to spread

la masa = pastry / dough
el relleno = filling
la cubierta = topping
la olla = saucepan
el sartén = frying pan
el bol = basin
la cuchara = spoon
la cucharita = teaspoon
el cuchillo = knife
la batidora = whisk
el horno = oven
la cocina = hob

Did you know you can now combine studying Spanish with cooking classes? You’ll take Spanish grammar and conversation classes in the morning, then spend 2 afternoons a week in the kitchen with a local cook who will introduce you to the region’s specialities, guide you in preparing a range of sweet and savoury dishes, and talk to you entirely in Spanish!

Crema Catalana

Some of the local delights you will get the chance to prepare and taste:

SPAIN: seafood paella, Spanish omelette, tapas, gazpacho, crema catalana…

URUGUAY: empanadas, meatballs, alfajores, ñoquis, canelones, asado…  

Albondigas de Carne

This is a great way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of your chosen destination, and your Spanish will improve rapidly through constant use and the natural need to communicate. What’s more, you’ll have the chance to enjoy fabulous dishes with a great local cook, and learn the recipes to treat your friends and family when you get back home.



To celebrate the launch of the new course, we’ll be publishing recipes from around the Spanish-speaking world each week on the blog.

¡Buen provecho!



1 taza  de harina
1 taza de maicena
2 cdas. de azúcar
1 1/2 cdas. de polvo de hornear
1 cda. de cáscara de limón
150 grs. de manteca
1 huevo
dulce de leche
coco rallado


Hay que mezclar los ingredientes hasta que quede una masa suave, estirar la misma no muy fina. Cocinar en horno caliente alrededor de 8 minutos. No hay que dejar dorar. Rellenar con dulce de leche, y alrededor coco rallado.

¿No tienes dulce de leche? Se lo puede hacer facilmente. Hay que sumergir una lata de leche condensada en una olla de agua hirviendo, sin abrir la lata. Hervir la lata 2 horas y dejarla enfriar antes de abrirla.





Some practical tips from Sharon, who has tested out the recipe!

When I looked up how to make dulce de leche there were warnings that two small holes should be pierced in the top of the can during boiling, to avoid explosion especially with a gas stove! So I did that. There was also a suggestion to place a cloth or rag under the can in the pot of water to keep it quiet, it worked. I made sure the water level stayed between 1/2 – 1 inch below the rim of the can.!

I added semi-sweet chocolate pieces, about 1/2 cup while it was still warm, it melted in beautifully!

In the recipe itself I used 2/3 cup unbleached bread flour and 1/3 cup whole wheat flour and added a Tablespoon of cracked chia seeds. I used a glass to cut the circles (I would make them a little smaller next time ;)). I baked the cookies at 410 degrees F for 6 min, then checked, they did need 2 more minutes. Perfect!

Again thanks, I know this will become a favorite

Thanks Sharon, glad you enjoyed the cookies!

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